Women's Group Grant

To Aid Family Program

The Alexandria Community Trust's Women's Giving Circle has announced its inaugural grant of $32,000 to the Healthy Families Alexandria program of Northern Virginia Family Service.

"We are thrilled to be investing in Healthy Families Alexandria: $32,000 in 2005 and $32,000 in 2006," Karen Devlin, chair of the Women's Giving Circle, said in a news release. "This vital program provides voluntary home-visiting services to vulnerable first-time parents in the city of Alexandria who would otherwise not receive these critical services."

Devlin's organization strives to increase women's philanthropy in the community by contributing intellectual, social and financial resources to effective programs for Alexandria's children, youth and families.

By pooling money, the women's group aims to have a greater impact than individual gifts would have. Its sponsor organization, the Alexandria Community Trust, is providing as much as $25,000 in matching funds, thereby doubling donations. Recipients of the grants are chosen in consultation with local and state government officials and other community organizations to determine which programs have the greatest potential. The programs picked will be evaluated later to see what the grant accomplished.

For more information, go to www.womensgivingcircleofalexandria.org.

Eating Out Tuesday

Will Help the Needy

As part of National Hunger Awareness Day, which falls on Tuesday, six Arlington restaurants will donate 20 percent of patrons' checks to the Arlington Food Assistance Center so that the community pantry can purchase fresh foods such as milk and eggs.

Patrons who want to participate should ask their servers to have their check included in Hunger Day proceeds.

"Many Arlingtonians might not realize it, but there are plenty of hungry and needy families right here in Arlington," said Christine Lucas, executive director of the center. "While real estate values go up and up, more and more working families are sinking below the poverty line."

The participating restaurants are Bistro Bistro, Cassatt's, Chevy's Fresh Mex at Ballston Common Mall, Extra Virgin, Freddie's Beach Bar and Restaurant, and Whitlow's on Wilson.

In addition, Long & Foster's Arlington office will hold its annual hot dog roast Tuesday to benefit the center. A donation of nonperishable food is needed to attend the roast.

Four Arlington schools will also participate in the day's activities by holding food drives to benefit the center. They are Tuckahoe Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Williamsburg Middle and Jamestown Elementary. The center will also display information at the Arlington County Central Library on hunger locally and how residents can help fight the problem.

The center is a private, nonprofit organization that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington residents who cannot afford to buy all the food they need. Its clients, usually referred by public and private social service agencies, are the working poor, the temporarily unemployed, elderly people living on fixed incomes and the disabled. They all receive the food free of charge.

Maury School Marks

Its 75th Anniversary

Alexandria's Maury Elementary School is celebrating its diamond anniversary this year, and the public is invited to attend the festivities on Friday.

A dedication ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the newly remodeled library media center. School mementos and items for the school's time capsule will be on display. Fifth-grade students will provide tours of the remodeled facility.

At an assembly at 1:15 p.m., students and guest speakers will "show and tell" about naval oceanographer and navigator Matthew Maury, and the school's past and future.

Maury Elementary is at 600 Russell Rd.

Public Safety Recruiters

Host Arlington Job Fair

Arlington County will hold a public safety job fair on Saturday.

Recruiters from the county's police, fire and sheriff's departments and the Emergency Communications Center will be on hand to encourage applicants to pursue a career in public safety in Arlington. Representatives will be available to discuss career opportunities with potential candidates. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

The fair will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Arlington County Courthouse, 1425 N. Courthouse Rd. (one block from the Court House Metro station on the Orange Line).

Arlandria Festival

Offers Music, Arts, Food

Alexandria's annual Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. June 12, in the 3700 and 3800 blocks of Mount Vernon Avenue. Admission is free. The festival will be held rain or shine.

The festival will feature traditional musicians, including instrumentalists, soloists and performing groups. In addition, displays will showcase traditional arts, crafts, paintings and souvenirs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the Tenants' and Workers' Support Committee are co-sponsoring the festival.

For information, call the city's special events hotline at 703-883-4686.

Visitors to the event are encouraged to park at Cora Kelly Elementary School, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., or use public transportation. For bus route information, call the city's Office of Transit Services & Programs at 703-838-3800.